One book, hundreds of ideas!
I recently read $100 Start up by Chris Guillebeau, and it has been an incredibly impactful book on my life. Since I was a young kid I could remember running around in the forest and dreaming of being an entrepreneur building impactful and meaningful businesses. I was also drawn to the idea on controlling and growing my income with the need of approval from a boss. I attended college and studied Business Economics filled with excitement and anticipation to the day I would run and own my very own company.
Then I graduated college with a degree in one hand and no clear cut path to owning a business in the other I went out and got a job working ironically for a large non profit organization. I loved my time there and what I learned but during that time I became risk averse. I had grown accustomed to the consistent pay check and the employee paid benefits. But deep down I had a burning desire to start and run my own company. Now as a result of what I have read and learned from the book $100 start up, I am once again inspired to step out and become an entrepreneur.
Inspired by a business owner friend
I had coffee with a friend named Adam. We have known each other for years and he has his own company locally serving the Burbank and Glendale communities. He shared what being a small business owner was like for him. Among the positive elements was the ability to create his won work schedule and to have a greater sense of control over his income and business growth. He determines who he works with and what business opportunities he pursues or not. His company is a residential window cleaning company. I was floored when Adam told me how much money he has made in different years and different months. What stood out to me was how much it cost him to start his business. Almost nothing. And this is why the $100 start up has been so inspiring to me. For the last decade I have worked in a Multi-million dollar international non profit organization. This has given me great experience. But it has also left me feeling like I need a bunch of money to either buy a business or start one.
In his book Chris breaks down how simple it can be to start a side hustle and begin making money often times with very little cash actually needed. So while I’m not ready to start gutter cleaning like my friend Adam, I am inspired to begin doing something on the side and seeing where it takes me. My goal is to start with an extra $500 in my pocket and see where I can go from here. While I have a long way to go making the money my friend Adam makes, my most recent read has me inspired that I can take the next step.
Keep reading, keep learning, keep growing into the best version of yourself.